Opportunity Starts at Home is a long-term, multi-sector campaign to meet the rental housing needs of the nation’s low-income people.

Housing affordability is central to other national priorities, like health care, food security, education and more. Yet the gap between rents and incomes is growing, and this is compounded by unprecedented threats to federal housing assistance. Proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability exist – what’s missing is the political will to provide resources that will put these solutions into practice in communities across the nation.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition launched the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign together with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Children’s HealthWatch, Make Room, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and with a steering committee of partners including Catholic Charities USA, the Children’s Defense Fund, Community Catalyst, the Food Research and Action Center, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Community Health Centers, the National Education Association, the National League of Cities and UnidosUS.

Campaign Goals

The goals of the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign are to advance federal housing solutions that:

  • Bridge the growing gap between renter incomes and rising housing costs
  • Provide aid to people experiencing job losses or other economic shocks to avert housing instability or homelessness
  • Expand the affordable housing stock for low-income renters
  • Defend existing rental assistance and other targeted housing resources from harmful cuts

Learn more about Opportunity Starts At Home

Memo to Members and Partners Articles

August 14, 2023

ACLU Article Connects Systemic Inequality to Lack of Fair Housing

In a recent article, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explains why efforts to address systemic inequality must focus on ensuring fair housing. The article explores the concept of fair housing, the history of federal law addressing housing discrimination, the impacts of housing…

August 7, 2023

New Data Show Rental Assistance Improves Food Security

New research exploring the connections between housing and food security finds that residents receiving rental assistance were less likely to experience food insecurity and consumed more nutritious foods than residents on rental assistance waitlists. The study draws on data from the National Health…

July 31, 2023

New Article Examines Connections between Housing and Climate Change

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) recently released an article exploring how climate change impacts homelessness. The article shows that climate change deeply impacts people with the fewest resources – and disproportionately communities of color – leading to higher rates of…

July 24, 2023

New Data Show Redlining Linked to Worse Cardiovascular Health for Veterans

A new research study published by the JAMA Network finds links between the practice of redlining and worse cardiovascular health among U.S. veterans. The study was conducted using data from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), census data, and the medical records of patients served by the U.S…